30. Golden State Warriors (2-12) ⇩ 1
Wow, how much things can change in one year. The Warriors are last in the power rankings and have the worst record in the NBA. Injury of course has taken its toll on the Dubs. They now have seven losses in a row running with a lineup full of young inexperienced players that do not really fit in the usual offense. Eric Paschall has done well this season. He could be making a little run for rookie of the year now that he will get a big chance to shine.
29. New York Knicks (4-10) ⇧ 1
New York racked up some wins to move themselves out of last place. Marcus Morris leads all scores with 18.6 ppg and has hit a couple of clutch shots this season to help the Knicks. The Knicks fans even came together to give a warm-welcoming boo when Kristaps Porzingus returned to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks look to pick up a big win against the Sixers tomorrow night.
Marcus Morris step-back dagger toooo cold-blooded.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) November 15, 2019
28. Washington Wizards (3-8) ⇩ 5
Washington is now 1-4 in their last five and the defensive struggles continue. They have the ability to score points, but can’t find a way to hold their opponents to less than them. Bradley Beal is scoring the basketball at an elite level averaging 30.1 ppg and Isaiah Thomas is doing well as the starting point guard. He is averaging 13.3 ppg and 6 apg.
27. New Orleans Pelicans (4-9) –
The Pelicans finally got some wins, but they have a lot of players sidelined with injuries including: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Jahlil Okafor, and of course Zion Williamson. Once this team is healthy they can make some noise, but for now they don’t look too good. They did get a surprising win over the Clippers, and they will have some more challenging games coming up.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-9) ⇩ 1
The Cavaliers are on a four game skid right now and their last lost was to the Knicks by almost 20 points. It’s going to be tough for the Cavs to rack up wins this year with a young set of guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Cleveland ranks 26th in points scored and has struggled on defense as well. Like the other young rounded teams, they probably just want to see those young guards develop this season.
25. Chicago Bulls (4-10) ⇧ 1
The Bulls are in a situation similar to a lot of teams where they are full of young players that need to develop. Chicago has a lot of young talent like Wendell Carter Jr., Coby White, and Lauri Markkanen. White had a career night already against the Knicks setting a rookie and Bulls record for most threes made in a quarter with seven. They will take on the Pistons tomorrow in Chicago.
Coby White set a Bulls record for most 3PTs in a single quarter with 7 in the 4Q 👌🔥 pic.twitter.com/2h5S61BwfP
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 13, 2019
24. Detroit Pistons (4-9) ⇩ 3
This team is not bad, but they are struggling to compile wins even with Blake Griffin back. Andre Drummond is having a career year with a crazy stat line: 19.6 ppg 17.0 rpg 1.6 spg and 2.0 bpg. Oddly enough, with all of those rebounds Drummond has been getting, they rank 29th as a team. Griffin has only played two games, so once he is back in the full swing the Pistons will get more wins.
23. Memphis Grizzlies (5-8) ⇧ 5
Ja Morant looks like he can be a star in the NBA. He’s already hitting clutch game-winners and finishing crazy layups. Memphis jumped up this week after all those teams struggled and they got some wins; one being against the talented Jazz team. The next five are looking tough for the Grizzlies, so they look to jump up even higher in the rankings with wins against teams like the Lakers and Clippers.
Ja Morant with the first double-double and game winner of his career!
23 PTS (10-15 FG) | 11 ASTpic.twitter.com/2bY4wqVv9q
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 14, 2019
22. Atlanta Hawks (4-9) ⇩ 5
The Hawks dropped five spots after going 1-6 in their last seven games. Besides Trae Young dropping 20+ every game, the offense has struggled, and they defense is fifth in points allowed per game. John Collins being suspended, of course, hurts the team both defensively and offensively which is where their struggles begin. Young had a good performance against the Lakers on Sunday night with 31 points, but the Hawks still fell short.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-8) ⇩ 3
The Thunder got a big win from the 76ers a couple of days ago and just narrowly lost to the Clippers last night. OKC has been a great defensive unit this year, but not too good on offense. They rank 25th in points per game. Their leading scorer is still Shai-Gilgeous Alexander with 19.7 ppg. It’s a tough week ahead for the Thunder because they have to play the Lakers two games in a row.
20. San Antonio Spurs (5-9) ⇩ 6
With a loss to the Mavericks last night, the Spurs are now on a six game losing streak. They have really struggled defensively this year and are not too productive offensively either. The big whole with this team is a playmaker/point guard. It is not a good sign when Demar Derozan leads the team in assists and with only 4.8. Gregg Popovich even showed his frustration and got booted from Saturday night’s game. Trade rumors for Demar Derozan are also circling now that the Spurs have been struggling.
Gregg Popovich was ejected for arguing a foul call, and as a result, Becky Hammon steps in as the first woman to serve as a ‘head coach’! 💪 pic.twitter.com/hwQJiXEgN3
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) November 17, 2019
19. Sacramento Kings (5-7) ⇧ 3
The Kings started off the year 2-5 and they made a jump this week with a big win against the Celtics and only lost by two to the Lakers. Buddy Hield has been hot the past five games scoring about 24 ppg. Unfortunately for the Kings, De’Aaron Fox (who has been out the past three games) is out for the next 3-4 weeks.
BUDDY HIELD 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/MzyNGRkOGl
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) November 17, 2019
18. Brooklyn Nets (5-8) ⇩ 1
Even though Kyrie and the Nets are great scoring the ball, they continue to struggle with moving the ball and defense. Caris LeVert is out 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury and Kyrie is listed as day-day. Brooklyn didn’t fare well without their star out there and only scored 86 points last game against Pacers. The Nets may struggle this coming week if Kyrie doesn’t return from his shoulder injury.
17. Charlotte Hornets (6-8) ⇧ 2
The team that was picked to be the worst in the league is still doing pretty well. Devonte’ Graham, second-year player out of Kansas, has been money for the Hornets so far. He averages 18.3 ppg and 7 apg. Maybe he isn’t too bad of a replacement for Kemba Walker. Graham looks promising and is currently leading the Hornets as a seven seed in the East.
— NBA (@NBA) November 17, 2019
16. Portland Trailblazers (5-9) –
Carmelo Anthony has officially signed with the Portland Trailblazers, he’s back! Hopefully he can help this team rack up some wins because they have been struggling. The offense has done well, but they are not doing well as a team defensively. Damian Lillard is still going off this season with 28.6 ppg and 7.1 apg. This week going into next should be an easy schedule for them so they need to get some wins.
Carmelo Anthony agrees to deal with Blazers. Story on ESPN: https://t.co/7krZ9bgeyV
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2019
15. Orlando Magic (6-7) ⇧ 8
The Magic turned their bad offense around and started producing some points. Orlando went 3-0 this week and Markelle Fultz even scored a career high 19 points! Maybe he isn’t a bust just yet. Keep in mind this team made a seven seed last year and should not be slept on too much.
— NBA (@NBA) November 18, 2019
14. Indiana Pacers (8-6) ⇧ 4
With Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis back the Pacers made an expected jump in the rankings. They have a 5-2 record in their last seven games (losses coming from Houston and Milwaukee). It looks like Victor Oladipo won’t make his return until December or January, but Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren are doing great to fill that void. The Pacers will be scary if they are still performing like this when their best player returns.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves (8-6) –
Karl-Anthony Towns and the T-wolves got a big win against Utah last night in the absence of Andrew Wiginns. Towns hit seven three-pointers (29 points and 13 rebounds). They have another matchup with the Jazz Wednesday night and want to defeat them again. Minnesota has been somewhat of a surprise this season picking up some early wins and Wiggins has been great. The Timberwolves hope Wiggins returns from his injury soon.
12. Dallas Mavericks (8-5) ⇩ 3
Luka Doncic just became the second youngest player to record a 40 point triple-double (first was Lebron James). Luka really is something special and can end up leading this Mavericks team to the playoffs. They struggle on defense, which is their biggest problem, and Kristaps Porzingus is in a bit of a slump. Starting next Tuesday they have a tough couple of match ups against the LA teams and the Suns. Winning at least 2 of 3 of those games would be great for them.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) November 19, 2019
11. Toronto Raptors (9-4) ⇧ 1
Toronto still looks great this year and they aren’t missing Kawhi too much just yet. Pascal Siakam is showing that he deserved that big extension. He is leading the Raptors with 25.7 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Kyle Lowry has been out for the past couple of games and they have still been playing good offense and getting wins. The Raptors hope to see Lowry return in the next couple of weeks.
10. Utah Jazz (8-5) –
Utah has taken two tough losses in a row to the Grizzlies and the Timberwolves, so that is why they stay still in this weeks power rankings. Donovan Mitchell leads the team in points (24.8) and steals (1.5) and Rudy Gobert is playing great this season. In their last six, he is averaging 16.7 points and 15.5 rebounds. The Jazz get another chance against the Timberwolves tomorrow who may or may not be playing Andrew Wiggins (injury).
9. Phoenix Suns (7-5) ⇩ 3
Phoenix faced a reality check with their last couple of games losing to the Heat, Lakers, and Celtics. They still look good even without DeAndre Ayton which is what seemed to be a huge loss. Once he comes back the Suns will look even more dominant than they have been in recent games. Devin Booker is having himself a good shooting year with a 50 percent three-point percentage and 54 percent from the field and Aaron Baynes is filling the role of Ayton nicely.
Only two players in the @NBA are shooting at least 50% on over four 3PA per game this season:
👌 Devin Booker
👌 Aron Baynes pic.twitter.com/G1ghhoj2cs
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 14, 2019
8. Philadelphia 76ers (8-5) ⇩ 6
The Sixers went on a little bit of a cold streak. They have lost five of their last seven, and two of those losses are to the Magic and Thunder. Philadelphia bounced back with a strong win against Cleveland and look to do the same tomorrow night when they play the Knicks. This team is deep and has a lot of talent, so this will be a rare cold streak for the Sixers.
7. Miami Heat (9-3) ⇧ 1
Miami is four of their last five heading into this week with the one loss being to the Lakers. Jimmy Butler is proving he can be a leader. He averages 18.4 ppg 5.8 apg 7.2 rpg and almost three steals. The rest of the team has played their part too. Six players are averaging over 13 points shooting an efficient percentage. Kendrick Nunn is still going strong scoring 20+ points in his last three games.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 17, 2019
6. Los Angeles Clippers (9-5) ⇩ 2
Paul George is back for the Clips, but now Kawhi is injured and has been out three straight games. They had no problem with the Hawks beating them with a whopping score of 150-101, but they struggled besides that game this week without Kawhi. George has been playing well too. He is shooting efficient averaging 29.3 ppg. LA needs to find a way to beat the Celtics tomorrow night if Leonard doesn’t play.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 19, 2019
5. Denver Nuggets (9-3) ⇧ 3
Jamaal Murray had a 39 point night Sunday night to lead the Nuggets to a win over the Grizzlies. Denver has a deep team that distributes scoring a lot. Murray could drop 39 one night then have Harris or Jokic lead in scoring. The Nuggets have a tough week ahead of them with match ups against the Rockets, Celtics, and Suns.
4. Milwaukee Bucks (10-3) ⇧ 1
The Bucks were without Khris Middleton for the past three games, but they still came out with good wins. Middleton will be out for about three weeks, but that should not slow down the Bucks. They have a great defensive team and enough star power in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis of course has looked unstoppable this season averaging 30.3 ppg and 14.0 rpg.
3. Houston Rockets (11-3) ⇧ 8
After a little bit of a shaky start, James Harden and the Rockets are back on track and have eight wins in a row. That is the longest current win streak in the NBA. Harden is averaging nearly 40 points right now as he is showing off his usual offensive craftiness. It looks like this team is turning out as expected and will make a run for the first seed in the West.
James Harden points in last 12 games:
“He could average 40 this year, and no is discussing him as the best player. People say LeBron, Giannis, some folks erroneously saying Kawhi. Harden’s been doing this for half a decade.” — @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/je20QPMgGT
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) November 19, 2019
2. Boston Celtics (11-2) ⇧ 1
Boston suffered a tough loss to Sacramento on Sunday losing by only one point, and Marcus Smart almost got the game-winner to roll. That ended their 10 game win streak, but you can’t ignore what they have been all season. Gordon Hayward’s injury hurts them, but they still have three players averaging over 19 points (Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown). The whole rotation has been playing very efficient on both offense and defense.
Watch the Celtics Bench as they React To Marcus Smart missing the game winner floater 😩 pic.twitter.com/l4C992FVDF
— Best’s Point Of View TV (@povofbest1) November 18, 2019
1. Los Angeles Lakers (11-2) –
Two weeks later and the Lakers are still on top. Lebron James is having a blast running point guard because he leads the league in assists with 11.2 per game. Not to mention he is averaging over 25 points and has 11 double-doubles on the season (four triple-doubles). This team is going to be tough to beat with all of the chemistry and depth they have.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 18, 2019
If you didn’t see week three’s NBA Power Rankings click here.